We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Final Windows Longhorn Server beta available

Beta 3 is last Longhorn preview before release

Microsoft has posting the final beta and first publicly available and feature-complete version of Windows Server ‘Longhorn’, marking the final time the product will be available for testing and feedback before the long-awaited server update is available later this year.

Microsoft has posted Longhorn beta 3 code on the Longhorn beta 3 Evaluation site. It's the first time anyone who's interested can get their hands on the product, which has been in private beta release only until now.

Longhorn is due for final release sometime in the second half of the year, a time frame that, in typical Microsoft fashion, was revised several times.

In fact, Ward Ralston, senior technical product manager for the software, said the Longhorn team is "proud" to have got beta 3 out on time; its release was scheduled for the first half of 2007, which means it was due by the end of June and according to Microsoft's schedule is actually out the door early. The company is well known not only for pushing back software release deadlines, but also for meeting them at the last minute.


IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 comparison: Lollipop phablet takes on KitKat flagship smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Free rocket & space sounds: NASA launches archive of interstellar audio on SoundCloud

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests, beautiful...